INVERNESS company Starlight Musical Theatre have decided to ignore the old showbiz advice about never working with animals for children for this year’s summer show.
Performing their version of Annie, the twice filmed Broadway hit about an irrepressibly optimistic orphan, requires working with both.
As well as the other young residents of the New York Municipal Girls Orphanage, Starlight’s show will feature not one, but two Annies in the form of Erin Moran, who will play three performances, and Tyra McGloughlan, who will play the other two.
It also has a four-legged star in Chloe the dog, who plays Annie’s pal Sandy.
Joining them will be some familiar faces from past Starlight shows and the Inverness performing scene in Garry Black, who played Fagin in last year’s Oliver! as Daddy Warbucks, Fiona Chapman as Miss Hannigan, Liam MacAskill as Rooster Hannigan and Alison Ozog as Grace Farrell.
Local radio personality Ginno Conti of MFR’s breakfast show also makes a return to the stage as Bert Healy.
Annie will be at Eden Court from Wednesday August 17 to Saturday 20, including Saturday’s matinee show.